U.S. 'not taking sides' in Iraqi-Kurdish dispute: Trump

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 16, 2017 3:07 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said the United States will not take sides in the clash between independence-seeking Kurds and the Iraqi government but expressed disappointment the two sides were in conflict.

"We don't like the fact that they're clashing. We're not taking sides," Trump told reporters at the White House. "We've had for many years a very good relationship with the Kurds as you know and we've also been on the side of Iraq, even though we should have never been there in the first place. We should never have been there. But we're not taking sides in that battle."

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(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)